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Raul writes:

I personal a 2016 Kia Sportage with 13,500 miles. For monetary causes I want to promote it and purchase an affordable used automotive. Coincidentally, a good friend of mine is promoting a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 with 34,000 miles. Wouldn’t it be an clever resolution to purchase it, or will it’s a nightmare? Ought to I maintain my Sportage?

Sajeev solutions:

To the Finest and Brightest: I hear your screams of “that’s not an affordable used automotive!” and I can dig it. As a result of a nine-year-old W204 Mercedes C-Class is reasonable to purchase, and that may very well be the place a budget stops. However indulge the notion that it isn’t a maintenance-deferred instance — maybe it has 34,000 well-curated miles.

And maybe it lacks these pricey-to-restore digital choices (i.e. a Navigation/Harmon Kardon ICE, which died in my mom’s 2006 leased E320 below guarantee with much less miles).

And perhaps the issues talked about on the Web (right here and right here) are inexpensive repairs, even with out that shadetree mechanic life-style.

And perhaps something that goes mistaken gained’t depart you stranded on the roadside, so who cares if it goes unhealthy!

Frequency of “ands” apart, the W204 isn’t terrifyingly costly to personal, in response to Google, probably besting the price of making the word on a ’16 Sportage. So maybe Richard from our final foray into The Adventures of Put up-Guarantee German Automotive Possession deserves the final phrase:


I actually loved the article. I want I had seen it sooner as by the point it printed I had scored a deal on a turbo, had it changed and moved ahead with many of the work at discounted charges supplied by my buddy the Mercedes mechanic. The whole for the turbo, pcv valve, one other valve, and new management arms was $2900. I used to be feeling fairly good. The automotive was operating nice. Then the test engine gentle got here on.

My Mercedes mechanic stated it was a lean code he couldn’t resolve after every week of effort. I’ve grow to be obsessive about this crap and located a YouTube genius with a video on nearly the whole lot to do with the Audi/VW 2.0T piece of crap engine – The Humble Mechanic. The man is a nationwide treasure. I’m now satisfied the issue is a rear principal seal failure ($1,200). This appears to be the “factor behind the engine” referenced in my preliminary e-mail. I most likely ought to have paid extra consideration to that merchandise.

The Audi specialist I spoke to this morning stated it is a widespread drawback and is ready to fill the crank case with smoke subsequent week. The Avant refuses to return my love. And my spouse is pissed.


Ship your queries to Spare no particulars and ask for a speedy decision if you happen to’re in a rush…however be life like, and use your make/mannequin particular boards as a substitute of TTAC for extra well timed recommendation.

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